“So that the faithful take a more active part in divine worship, let Gregorian chant be restored to popular use in the parts proper to the people. Indeed it is very necessary that the faithful attend the sacred ceremonies not as if they were outsiders or mute onlookers, but let them fully appreciate the beauty of the liturgy and take part in the sacred ceremonies, alternating their voices with the priest and the choir, according to the prescribed norms. If, please God, this is done, it will not happen that the congregation hardly ever or only in a low murmur answer the prayers in Latin or in the vernacular.”
Pie XI in Constitution Divini Cultus (also quoted by Pius XII in the Encyclical Letter Mediator Dei)
In order to promote the Gregorian chant and to make it an entire part of your life – there are for example pieces that you can sing at home with your family during your prayer time – we will have a Gregorian Workshop at Saint Patrick Church, North Little Rock. It will be a short introduction to the Gregorian chant with a historical part and some basic exercises and practices. Then, we could continue a long and old tradition that go back to the Old Testament - that contains many invitations to sing – and that will be achieved and perfected in heaven where we will sing with the angels forever.
Saturday, August 16th: 9 – 11 am
Sunday, August 17th : 2 – 4 pm